Spring seems like an odd time to post review on the Skhoop Short Down Skirt ($159), doesn’t it? But then again it did keep my bum warm in the months of February, March and even early, early April when Minnesota had some seriously odd bands of frigid cold and snow.
Regardless, it’s never too late to plan for Winter 2017.
What I liked:
- Warms the lower regions without impeding movement. The Skhoop Short Down Skirt is insulated with 500-fill 80/20 down/feather insulation. You’re probably thinking, “How can it keep me warm with the big gaping hole for your legs that lets frigid air circulate into my lower regions?” The short answer is that it just does. Assuming, of course, that you’re wearing a layer underneath. Maybe even two. Down skirts keep your butt and thighs warm. It works in the same way your full-length coat works.
- Yes Virginia, you can cross-country ski/snowshoe/hike in it. The leg zippers on both sides of the lower skirt mean you can unzip them all the way to your hip to increase your legs’ range of motion. When I stop on the trail for a break or a snack, I just pull the zippers down all the way to keep my legs warm. You’re probably thinking, “If a down skirt works in the same way that a long down coat works, what’s the point of getting one?” Well, this is why. I have an 800-fill Fjallraven long down coat. If I tried to cross country ski in it I would die of heat exhaustion or, worse, drench and ruin the inside of the coat with my body sweat.
- Size is accurate and designed to be worn with layers. You’re probably thinking, “If I’m going to wear this over jeans or insulated tights, do I need to size up?” The answer is no. Go with your usual size because the skirt is designed to be worn with layers underneath. I’m 5’ 6” and wear size 4 pants/jeans. I tested the small and found that it accommodates a pair of jeans, insulated tights or both, if it’s really cold. I did not find that a layer or two made the skirt feel tight in the hips but you’ll need to use your judgement, too. If you’re planning to wear the skirt over ski pants then yes, it will feel tight. But I was fine in skinny jeans and in regular jeans with long undies.
- The most functional piece of cold-weather fashion you’ll ever own. You’re probably thinking, “Yah, bullshit. It’s a skirt.” Yes, it is a skirt. A down skirt! It’s made for the gal who likes to be outside in the winter. If you’re reading this review, chances are you’re a gal who likes to be outside in the winter. Zippers and pockets are sturdy and the length is longer in the back to accommodate the butt. It’s easy-on/easy-off. It doesn’t make you look fat. It’s just as fashionable in an urban setting (e.g. coffee shop) as it is functional on the ski or winter hiking trails. It pairs well with a warm, bulky wool sweater or a vest and your furry mukluks or serviceable Sorrels. Available colors run the gambit of a packet of Skittles so you have options.
What I didn’t like:
About the only parting shot I can come up with is that it’s made in Jhina (<<an intentional dig and not a typo).
I can’t wait for the temps to plunge to the 20’s so I can wear it again. Hurry, December!
It’s going to be a long summer and fall.
The Skhoop Short Down Skirt is a Gear Gals Piece of Recommended Gear.